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Oh, So Hugo Chavez Didn't Tolerate Political Opposition?

just saying.................

Ships to sail directly over the north pole by 2050, scientists say

Ships to sail directly over the north pole by 2050, scientists say
John Vidal, The Guardian
Monday 4 March 2013 15.00 EST

By 2050, say Laurence C. Smith and Scott R. Stephenson at the University of California in the journal PNAS on Monday, ordinary vessels should be able to travel easily along the northern sea route, and moderately ice-strengthened ships should be able to take the shortest possible route between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, passing over the pole itself. The easiest time would be in September, when annual sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean is at its lowest extent.


"The prospect of common open water ships, which comprise the vast majority of the global fleet, entering the Arctic Ocean in late summer, and even its remote central basin by moderately ice-strengthened vessels heightens the urgency for a mandatory International Maritime Organisation regulatory framework to ensure adequate environmental protections, vessel safety standards, and search-and-rescue capability," it adds.


US Government Lays Out It's Case Against Bradley Manning

But We Painted All Those Schools

But We Painted All Those Schools
It's difficult to describe the madness of that era, when invading a country in order, it seemed, to provide fresh coats of paint for their schools made sense.

Too Much Money Spent in Iraq for Too Few Results
LARA JAKES MARCH 6, 2013, 8:30 AM 2218

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost.

In his final report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen’s conclusion was all too clear: Since the invasion a decade ago this month, the U.S. has spent too much money in Iraq for too few results.

The reconstruction effort “grew to a size much larger than was ever anticipated,” Bowen told The Associated Press in a preview of his last audit of U.S. funds spent in Iraq, to be released Wednesday. “Not enough was accomplished for the size of the funds expended.”

In interviews with Bowen, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the U.S. funding “could have brought great change in Iraq” but fell short too often. “There was misspending of money,” said al-Maliki, a Shiite Muslim whose sect makes up about 60 percent of Iraq’s population.



Cheney Now Officially On Maureen Dowd's Enemie's List

Repent, Dick Cheney


Did he change, after the shock to his body of so many heart procedures and the shock to his mind of 9/11? Or was he the same person, patiently playing the courtier, once code-named “Backseat” by the Secret Service, until he found the perfect oblivious frontman who would allow him to unleash his harebrained, dictatorial impulses?


Cheney still hearts waterboarding. “Are you going to trade the lives of a number of people because you want to preserve your honor?” he asked, his voice dripping with contempt.

“I don’t lie awake at night thinking, gee, what are they going to say about me?” he sums up.

They’re going to say you were a misguided powermonger who, in a paranoid spasm, led this nation into an unthinkable calamity. Sleep on that.



How Mississippi Tackles Homelessness

Mornning media FAIL: how Mississippi tackles homelessness. LOL.

The caption says something about the Mississippi Karate Association, and doesn’t appear to have anything to do with “tackling homelessness.” File this one under unfortunate headline/photo juxtapositions.


Reality Check For "Moderates" - Indisputable Visual Proof That The System is Rigged

TUE MAR 05, 2013 AT 11:58 PM PST
Reality Check For "Moderates" - Indisputable Visual Proof That The System is Rigged
by Ray Pensado

We live in a de facto Corporatocracy (Plutocracy) where corporatist cartel control all the levers of power, including the Republican and Democratic party establishments.

As much as the situation for the average U.S. citizen has deteriorated, it is getting worse by the day at a faster and faster pace. The collusion between these corporatist cartels and the puppet politicians of both parties is helping bring about an increasingly dystopian society for the majority of the population.

It is true that because of the propagandist effects of a totally bought off mainstream media, some middle class people still believe that we live in a normal society where the rule of law applies equally to all. But that is only an illusion; a lie some people have come to accept as the result of being exposed to the mind-numbing and incredibly harmful effects of the American mainstream media--the most effective and powerful propaganda machine the world has ever seen.

Think about that. The top 20 percent owns 85 % of the country's wealth, while the bottom 40 percent percent owns close to zero, as the middle class continues to be squeezed. I understand that some "moderates" may want to wait until the top one percent owns almost 90 percent of the wealth to maybe start thinking that there may be a problem, but at that point it will be too late. Unless people WAKE TFU, we will continue heading towards neo-feudalism at a faster and faster pace.


The Sequester...As A Silent Movie:


There’s a moment here – about a minute in – when you see chimps who have lived almost all their lives in research cages finally see the world God made them for – either again or for the first time. Some are as old as 50. The look on their faces is simply one of awe. Andri Antoniades sets the scene:

The United States remains one of the only two nations in the world that still uses chimpanzees for biomedical research purposes. Kept in laboratory cages, these animals are never given the chance to see the outside world, let alone touch it with their own hands. But that is (slowly) changing. Recently a small group of federally owned laboratory chimpanzees were retired to the Chimp Haven sanctuary in Keithville, LA. The Humane Society posted this clip of some of those animals and their first foray into a natural habitat. For the elderly chimps that were originally caught in the wild, it had been decades since they experienced life outside of a cage. And for the younger chimps that had been bred in captivity, this was their first time ever stepping onto soil or feeling the embrace of others in their group unobstructed by cage bars.


still crying, kpete

Walmart shopper exercises her 2nd Amendement rights after her coupon is rejected

Woman arrested following gun altercation at Wal-Mart

On March 1, Mary Frances Alday, 61, of Crawfordville was arrested for four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of battery following an altercation at Wal-Mart that included four store employees.

Alday became verbally abusive toward a 48-year-old female employee when the employee explained that she could not use an Internet coupon. Alday struck the assistant manager with a shopping cart and was escorted out of the store. Alday went to her vehicle and retrieved a firearm in a holster. She removed the firearm from the holster and began waving it at the victim and three other store employees who had joined the investigation.

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