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Name: Steve
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He can't be an FDR, yet....

Why you ask ?

Do we have 25% OFFICIAL-on-the-books unemployment ? Yea yea, I know about the unofficial rates, but those never get headlines or attention. Do we have long breadlines in the cities ? Do we have very similar economic conditions to March 1933 ?

Does he have an overwhelmingly Democratic Senate and House of Representatives to work with ?

Does he have an overwhelming public revulsion for trickle-down-economics and failed economic policy ?

If you think FDR was a REAL socialist or communist or that he was going to shut down or nationalize all banks, and put the investment bankers (like Goldman) out of business, you're living in fantasyland and you don't know history.

FDR was FDR because of the truly desperate times he was operating in. EVEN BACK THEN, THE LEFT DID NOT LIKE FDR.

I hate fucking threads like this. TRASH THREAD.

Belgian royals mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes in snowy weather

Belgian royals mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes in snowy weather reminiscent of wintery conditions of the battle












http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2872631/Americans-Belgians-Mark-Bulge-Anniversary.html#ixzz3LpwWLiNx

more pics and text about the nuts at the link....

11-Year-Old Arkansas Girl Hails Cab ... to Florida

http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/11-year-arkansas-girl-hails-cab-florida-27554497

BRYANT, Ark. — Dec 12, 2014, 2:39 PM ET
Associated Press

An 11-year-old Arkansas girl paid a cabbie $1,300 to take her to meet a boy in Florida, but authorities caught up with the runaway in Georgia, and found her safe, after her parents reported her missing.

Bryant police used cellphone records to determine the girl hailed the cab in Little Rock Dec. 5 after talking to a 16-year-old Jacksonville, Florida, boy she met two years ago, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Friday ( http://bit.ly/12VJ4Qv ).

"According to the information that I have, she was in a sweatsuit with a lot of makeup on and she looked like she was 17 or 18 years old," said Ellis Houston, a managing partner with Greater Little Rock Transportation Services, which operates the local Yellow Cab service.

The driver was not charged and is not facing disciplinary action, Houston said.

Some gentle rain for California, good.....

http://www.wunderground.com/auto/wxmap/CA/San_Francisco.html

Is a new iteration of the civil rights movement starting ?

It seems that way to me from all the #blacklivesmatter protests, but what do I know ? lol

The p-word, I get it, and I'm a guy

I didn't spell out "pussy" in the subject line to be sensitive.

I totally get why that word is offensive to women. Hell, when I was a kid, the WORST thing you could
say to a man was call him a pussy. It implied he was a woman and weak.

Now I'm older and know, of course, that women are strong and that epithet was just sexist and stupid.

I don't understand why people are so determined to embrace that word here. If you're clearly referring to a cat, ok, that's fine. If you're very clearly using it as slang to refer to a vulva, ok. But to use it as an epithet to refer to a male is NOT ok.

If I'm wrong about the vulva reference, I will not use it here in that context either. I'm still learning and growing. The South was a very sexist, racist, homophobic, ableist, etc place when I was growing up.

Steve

"brain-breakingly moronic displays of ignorance of how government and America works"....

I could not have said it any better, Number23.

Yes, of course, we'd all like to have single payer and many other progressive goals as of YESTERDAY. There's a few hurdles in the way, namely:

1- RACISM
2- Republican voters
3- An apathetic and ignorant voting public
4- the Supreme Court which has tilted right for too long
5- Right Wing Radio and Fox News 24/7/365
6- the Koch Brothers and all the other plutocrats
7- the large multinational corporations
8- Voting lists stripped of minorities
9- Congressional Republicans
10- Other factors I'm forgetting.

The DEFAULT for American government is for the rich and large corporations to get their way. It's been that way for years, and it's not President Obama's fault. It was that way before he was freaking born.

They can literally buy votes in Congress, whereas we peons cannot. Can President Obama use his almighty bully pulpit and make all that go away ? Only a small amount. I think he does the best he can under very shitty circumstances.

If you're not happy with how things are, go make a difference away from DU, please. All the best to everyone and Happy Holidays/Happy December.

White Prism - Patience



This. Video. Is. Rad. Just when you thought time lapses were totally over and too often utilized in nature documentaries, just when you thought Second Life was relegated to a 2005 joke, director Dan Huiting comes along to show us you can always breath new life into old tricks / virtual worlds. He teamed up with new artist, the Australian-born, Brooklyn-based White Prism, a.k.a. Johanna Cranitch, to create these stunning visuals for "Patience"—which ironically is exactly what he needed to make this happen.

"The video was shot over a week in my neighborhood of Brooklyn," explains Cranitch. "We did hyper lapse filming so it meant taking painfully long to walk a NYC block (like an hour) because everything was filmed a certain way to create the affect. Dan then drove around till all hours by himself filming the sunsets and sunrises. It was definitely a labor of love for sure."

Brooklyn and New York looks totally cartoon-ized as Cranitch rolls through the city at warp speed, seemingly hovering inches from the ground. Wish it was possible to move through life so speedily and so smoothly. Sonically, "Patience" is a clean, 80s-angled, synth-pop cut—assured and very cool. Nicely done.


http://noisey.vice.com/blog/White-prism-Patience-video-premiere

****BARACK OBAMA GROUP****** Meeting President Obama in person

THIS IS THE BOG, IT IS A SAFE HAVEN GROUP CREATED BY THE ADMINISTRATORS OF DU. IT IS A PLACE FOR THOSE WHO SUPPORT DEMOCRATS TO CELEBRATE THE 44TH POTUS, BARACK OBAMA, ALONG WITH HIS FAMILY, ACHIEVEMENTS AND POLICIES.

IT EXISTS FOR THOSE WHO SUPPORT THIS PRESIDENT AND EACH OTHER. PLEASE CHECK THE PINNED THREAD FOR THE SOP (STATEMENT OF PURPOSE) OF THIS GROUP. THIS IS NOT A FORUM.

IF YOU CANNOT RESPECT OBAMA, DEMOCRATS, THE SPIRIT AND INTENT OF THIS GROUP, OR THE MEMBERS OF THIS GROUP, PLEASE DO NOT POST HERE.

THANKS IN ADVANCE



If you would like to personally meet President Obama, please rec this thread.

If you've been OMFG LUCKY enough to have actually met him in person, even if for only a few seconds, post here please.

I'd love to meet him and have dinner with him and others. I've done those sweepstakes and lost. *sadface*

White House: Do you know who Ada Lovelace is ?

all the below is from an email from the WH.

A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to visit the U.K. Prime Minister's residence at 10 Downing Street. During a tour of the residence, we were shown a painting of an elegantly dressed woman. "Of course, you know Lady Lovelace," we were told.

Imagine our surprise to learn that we were staring at a portrait of the woman who is considered to be the world's first programmer. Our group had never heard of her.

Ada Lovelace's experience remains all too familiar: So many of the breakthrough contributions of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields continue to go untold, too often fading into obscurity.

https://soundcloud.com/whitehouse/grace-hopper-as-told-by-u-s/s-47xPT

Join us in doing something to change that: Listen to women from across the Obama administration share the untold stories of women who've inspired us.

Then add an untold history of your own, and make a commitment to share these stories in any way you can to help inspire more young women and men to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Women were central in the early teams building the foundation of modern programming. They unveiled the structure of DNA. Their work inspired new environmental movements and led to the discovery of new genes. It's past time to write their stories permanently into history, so they can stand side by side with the extraordinary men like them who have used their technical and innovation skills to bring needed solutions and discoveries to our world.

And here's what's worth noting: Telling and sharing these stories will actively help create more of them in the future.

Research shows us that a key part of inspiring more young people to pursue careers in science and technology is simply sharing the stories of role models like them in these fields who have had a significant impact on our world.

Stories like that of Rosalind Franklin, whose research was essential for revealing the structure of DNA. There's Katherine Johnson, who calculated key flight trajectories during the Space Race. The ENIAC team -- six young women "Computers" who were the first digital programmers in America. Or Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, who first developed computer languages and a compiler to translate them into machine code.

If you don't know those names, it's time to learn: Take a look at our interactive audio hub -- and then listen, share, add, and commit.

You just might inspire the next Ada Lovelace.

Thanks,

Megan

Megan Smith
U.S. Chief Technology Officer
The White House
@USCTO


http://www.whitehouse.gov/women-in-stem
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