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NC: 3 Senators Introduce Bill: FELONY for Individuals Who Disclose Confidential Info Re: Fracking

As hydraulic fracturing ramps up around the country, so do concerns about its health impacts. These concerns have led 20 states to require the disclosure of industrial chemicals used in the fracking process.
North Carolina isn’t on that list of states yet – and it may be hurtling in the opposite direction.

On Thursday, three Republican state senators introduced a bill that would slap a felony charge on individuals who disclosed confidential information about fracking chemicals. The bill, whose sponsors include a member of Republican party leadership, establishes procedures for fire chiefs and healthcare providers to obtain chemical information during emergencies. But as the trade publication Energywire noted Friday, individuals who leak information outside of emergency settings could be penalized with fines and several months in prison.


The NRA Outrage Of The Moment


Team Obama Supports Your Right to "Selfie"-Defense?

Posted on May 16, 2014
Tyrants and terrorists, like murderers, rapists and robbers, understand only one thing: force. They laugh at, and are emboldened by, weakness. That is why it is important to preserve and promote the right to keep and bear arms. An armed citizenry deters violence.


However, those of us who understand and value the Second Amendment will not forfeit the right to keep and bear arms, and we will not stake our personal safety on "#PleaseDontHurtMe" tweets. Instead, we will exercise our right to arms, by acquiring the best arms for defensive purposes and becoming proficient in their use. And we will do everything possible in 2016 to help elect a president who understands the importance of maintaining strength, whether dealing with common criminals here at home, or with international criminals on the world stage.

MORE stink:

NRA not happy until America looks like this:

Want privacy on your flight? Try to head sling. Yes, there is a photo.

The "B-Tourist Slip" is a ring of elastic fabric that folds easily into your luggage. Once on the plane, whip it out to slip one end over the seat headrest in front and another over your own, creating a 360 wall of cloth that you can rest your weary noggin against. Folds in the fabric accommodate personal items like phones and glasses, and sliding rings lets you adjust the personal cave to your preferred width.


Angry Graduate Wrote This Letter To His University. It's Hard Not To Agree With Him.


Jill Abramson Says Anita Hill Reached Out To Offer Encouragement

"What's next for me? I don't know," Abramson said. "So I'm in exactly the same boat as many of you. And like you, I'm a little scared, but also excited."

In her first public comments since her unceremonious ouster at the Times, Abramson spoke extensively of her firing — although she never elaborated on the reasons for her dismissal. She began the speech with a coy reference to the national media's presence at the ceremony in Winston-Salem, N.C.

"I think the only real news here today is your graduation from this great university," Abramson said.

Abramson revealed in the speech that law professor Anita Hill, who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, sent her an encouraging note last week following her firing


Poverty is a demanding, stressful, depressive & often violent state. No one seeks it (Charles Blow)

Poverty Is Not a State of Mind
Charles M. Blow


“Indeed, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest survey of consumer expenditure found that the poorest fifth of America’s households contributed an average of 4.3 percent of their incomes to charitable organizations in 2007. The richest fifth gave at less than half that rate, 2.1 percent.”

Yes, those with the least give the most, and yet people like Ryan and Bush find them lacking.

Poverty is a demanding, stressful, depressive and often violent state. No one seeks it; they are born or thrust into it. In poverty, the whole of your life becomes an exercise in coping and correcting, searching for a way up and out, while focusing today on filling the pots and the plates, maintaining a roof and some warmth, and dreading the new challenge tomorrow may bring.

We should extend the conversation about tackling poverty, but that conversation should not be governed by the belief that poverty in resources is synonymous with poverty of values.

Way More:

Repukes: Finished a a national party

Obama = First black president.

Hillary = First woman president

Castro = First Hispanic president

The Pukesters are facing 18 more years w/o a presidential win.

They are FINISHED as a national party.


Which State has the Most Gerrymandered Districts?

Which State has the Most Gerrymandered Districts?
Posted at 7:50 a.m. today

Christopher Ingraham: The point of gerrymandering is to “give your opponents a small number of safe seats, while drawing yourself a larger number of seats that are not quite as safe, but that you can expect to win comfortably.”

“The compactness of a district — a measure of how irregular its shape is, as determined by the ratio of the area of the district to the area of a circle with the same perimeter — can serve as a useful proxy for how gerrymandered the district is. Districts that follow a generally regular shape tend to be compact, while those that have a lot of squiggles and offshoots and tentacle-looking protuberances tend to score poorly on this measure.”

“I calculated compactness scores for each of the districts of the 113th Congress and mapped them so you can see where the least compact — and likely most-gerrymandered –districts are.”

North Carolina comes out near the top with three of the ten most gerrymandered districts.


I had not realized the Koch's were such a nice family...


Frederick, the oldest, was an outsider in the rough-and-tumble boys club of the Koch house. "Freddie was a sophisticate, a man of the world, in addition to the fact that he was gay, (which) wasn't easily accepted in those days," said a family friend.

Instead, it was Charles, the middle child, who became the vehicle for his father’s ambitions. According to a friend, the father worried that he had been "too kind to Freddie, and that's why he turned out to be so effeminate. When Charles came along, the old man wasn't going to make that mistake. So he was really, really tough on Charles."

The result was a serious, extremely disciplined man, who along with his younger brother David, would transform their father's medium-sized oil refining business, Koch Industries, into one of the largest privately held corporations in the world. But their success came at a high price.

Schulman describes how Charles, unable to convince brother Frederick to sell his stake in Koch Industries, allegedly resorted to "a homosexual blackmail attempt to force Frederick to sell his shares." And when the youngest twin, Bill, launched a bid to wrest control of Koch Industries from his older brothers, Charles' legal team responded by releasing a dossier of opposition research on Bill, filled with sordid details of his personal life.


Gov. Awards Full Benefits To Wife Of Female Soldier Killed In Afghanistan (1st Same-Sex Couple)

Source: Huffington Post

Government Awards Full Benefits To Wife Of Female Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice Johnson, whose wife was killed fighting in Afghanistan, has received word from the Department of Veterans Affairs that she will receive the same survivor benefits that heterosexual married couples are entitled to.

Johnson's wife, 29-year-old Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Donna Johnson, was killed Oct. 1, 2012, by a suicide bomber. They are believed to be the first same-sex couple to suffer a casualty after the 2011 repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the federal law that barred openly gay and lesbian individuals from serving in the military.

According to the Army Times, Johnson announced the VA's decision on Saturday at the American Military Partner Association's gala, where she received the organization’s 2014 Community Hero Award. She called the VA's announcement "an important step toward our end goal of achieving equal treatment for all military families."

Johnson was an outspoken advocate for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman for federal purposes. It therefore barred Johnson and other gay war widows from receiving equal benefits, including the return of the wedding ring recovered from the body and a monthly indemnity payment of $1,215.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/19/tracy-dice-johnson_n_5351243.html?1400508534
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