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Quotes I like: "Prediction is very difficult, especially concerning the future." "There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.” __ Niels Bohr Given his contribution to the establishment of quantum mechanics, I guess it's not surprising he had such a quirky of sense of humor. ......................."Deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of another's position is a basic technique of (dis)information processing" __ I said that

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PBS Newshour 'rediscovers' the word "filibuster" after 6 yrs --- now that the Democrats have used it

On its Monday, Feb 23 broadcast, PBS Newshour permitted the word 'filibuster' to be uttered on their show. But only because it was the Democrats doing it.

After six years of record setting filibustering by the GOP, on just about everything President Obama proposed (especially of bills to stimulate the economy) with no mention of the word 'filibuster' * ... On last night's broadcast, guest NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON reported that the Democrats had filibustered the Homeland Security funding bill - four times(!).

This was the first bill the Democrats filibustered since control of the Senate passed to the Republicans. But the Corporate media outlet, PBS Newshour, didn't want to miss reporting on the fact. Interesting how during the previous six years when the Republicans were setting records for the use of the filibuster, this fact was not deemed newsworthy enough to be mentioned on the Corporate media stations.


GWEN IFILL: Over the Department of Homeland Security — the White House seems to be and the department seems to be pushing back.

NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON: Yes, they’re pushing back. President Obama is pushing back. Democrats are very much united.

We saw just now that for the fourth time they have filibustered the bill because they don’t want to see this funding stripped out.

Hurrahs for the Corporate media: providing all the news judged acceptable to the GOP!!

* okay, there was one time. They allowed resident Liberal contributor, Mark Sheilds, to mention that the Republicans had filibustered frequently - AFTER the 2014 Elections were over - the Obama administration's LAST Election. Apparently, the PBS Newshour management had determined that mentioning The GOP's proclivity to filibuster would no longer be potentially damaging to the Republican brand and would therefor not get NewsHour in trouble with the GOP.

Who knew - Lady Gaga can sing!!! I hope this doesn't ruin her pop music career - being able to sing

happened to walk through the room while my significant other was watching the Oscars and I was floored to hear Lady Gaga singing and she really has a voice. She was singing songs from the Sound of Music. Her singing was, dare I say it: pretty!

Jesus! I hope this doesn't ruin her pop music career!

Dirty Energy Judge Saves Oil Industry Billions


Shopping at the GOP Bargain Basement - posted on Discussionist - check out Conservatives laments and

responses from Dems!


Do you believe we should fight disinformation. if so, how do we best do that.

one place to engage the conservatives is discussionist. I know, it's disgusting. But if you think we should fight disinformation how should we do that?

I just thought it was worth putting this open to discussion.

John Boehner doesn't mind your criticism. It gives meaning to his life.

... thought you might enjoy this....


John Boehner doesn't mind your criticism. It gives meaning to his life.

John Boehner recently violated rules of protocol, the constitution and any general concept of respectful behavior (to the President) by inviting the leader of a foreign country to speak before Congress without clearing it with the WH first. Now any sensible, well adjusted adult would realize this was offensive, disrespectful behavior. But for Boehner, being a Tea Party Republican, political vandalism is standard operating procedure.

Tea Party Republicans are all about Punk Talk and Political Vandalism. That is, saying and doing things which are offensive, irresponsible - and hopefully - shocking. This gives those who feel impotent and fearful a sense of being powerful. They have shocked the people involved in legitimate pursuit of constructive actions. This is all compensating behavior, which is identified with adolescence, intended to make up for feelings of inferiority, impotence and fear of being rejected by the peer group. During adolescence, young people have a strong desire to be accepted by others for validation and to shore up meager self esteem. IF they have low self esteem and fear/anticipate rejection by their peers they have to find a way to hide their lack of confidence and fear of rejection. This compensating behavior often involves "Punk talk" which is intended to show what a "tough guy" they are. This behavior is intended to show others that they don't care whether people accept them or not.

An essential characteristic of Punk Talk is the derision of 'the other guy'. In fact, Punk Talk is intended to enable you to 'put them down' before they can put YOU down - "HA!". That Punk Talk is an outgrowth of the fear of rejection by others is apparent in that it almost always involves derision of the person rather than what the person is saying. Think of all the statements of derision TP-GOPers have directed at the President. This is all to 'say': "I'm not impressed by you! You don't intimidate ME!"
Take a look on the site Discussionist. The Conservative's preferred idiom is that of personal attack. The Conservatives' vernacular is Punk Talk; not only on that site -- but everywhere else - including the U.S. Congress.

Think about it, in your normal daily workplace activities how often do you witness an ADULT saying offensive, denigrating things about someone else. Hardly ever! If you do hear such a thing, what's your first thought?... that there must be something wrong with the guy doing the 'badmouthing'!

The Tea Party lead GOP, being devoid of any ideas - on how to solve any of the problems we face - have replaced constructive ideas and action with Punk Talk and Political Vandalism. But This isn't Junior High. Now that they control both Houses of Congress they have to produce. And - no surprise to anyone - they can't do it. Instead of passing some form of Immigration reform they are up to their usual practice of trying to obstruct action the President took by putting language to reverse the President's executive action to preclude the deportation of children of undocumented immigrants born in the United States - in the bill to fund Homeland Security. The idea is to put Democrats in the position of looking bad if they do not pass the Homeland Security funding bill. The responsible thing would be to act upon an issue that needs a solution - legislation to establish the position of U.S. born children of undocumented immigrants. That appears to be beyond the reach of the Tea Party lead GOP.

So, just expect more Punk Talk and Political Vandalism. THat's all the TP_GOP is 'good' for.

..BTW this same psychology applies to the ISIS psycho-creeps. It's how those who feel impotent make themselves feel powerful by engaging in destructive behavior. The more shocked the 'straight', legitimate people (involved in constructive pursuits) are the more powerful they feel..

for those afraid to go onto Discussionist be advised Liberals/Dems are making a very good show of

.. it over there -- giving as good as they get. We could use some support over there. All you gotta do is answer a poll:

Who will get the blame if the Department of Homeland Security is shutdown next week?

If you would like the proper people to get the credit in this poll, you better get over there and vote.

here's another good post (neither of these posts are mine) with considerable 'debate'. THe Dems/Liberals are definitely holding their own on this one too. Of course, any support anybody would like to add would be appreciated.

Republicans Still Denying Bush Lied About Iraq

New Claims That HSBC Aided Tax Evaders


Updated, 8:20 p.m. | HSBC found itself under fire again on Monday after news reports over the weekend provided more details about long-running accusations that its Swiss private banking arm helped clients hide billions of dollars in assets from international tax authorities before 2007.

In a report released on Sunday, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, an organization based in Washington, said that secret documents revealed that bank employees had reassured clients that HSBC would not disclose details of their accounts to tax authorities in their home countries and discussed options to avoid paying taxes on those assets. Also contributing to the report were the newspaper Le Monde in France, The Guardian in Britain, the BBC program “Panorama” and CBS News’s “60 Minutes.”

The documents were stolen from HSBC by a former employee in Switzerland in 2007 and were given to the French authorities, who in 2010 shared them with officials in Britain, Spain and the United States, among other nations. Some of those jurisdictions have used the information to seek back taxes and penalties from individuals, and the British bank has paid fines to the United States related to those disclosures.

The journalists’ report, based on account information that dated to 2007, said the Swiss unit’s clients included politicians, actors, rock stars and individuals with ties to arms dealers and traffickers of so-called blood diamonds, which are mined in war zones and sold in violation of international bans.

Deforestation: What’s driving it? Oil in the Rainforest


Each day 80,000 acres of rainforest are destroyed and another 80,000 acres are degraded.

A few years ago, the world watched as the BP disaster unfolded along the Gulf Coast of the US. Yet while this story dominated one news cycle after another, deep in the Amazon’s Ecuadorean Oriente the world’s largest environmental disaster stemming from oil production was unfolding, and was largely ignored. When Texaco entered the Ecuadorean Oriente in 1967, the area was considered the most biodiverse place on Earth, and home to several indigenous groups. Since then, more than 20 billion gallons of toxic drilling waste and 17 million gallons of oil have been dumped into the regions soil and waterways. Where villages of indigenous peoples once lived, roads wind through the landscape; where farms once yielded a bounty of crops, hundreds of waste pits remain. Oil spills within the Amazon are both the most difficult to contain, due to the network of waterways, and the most challenging to clean-up, due to the remote area, and the rugged and varied landscapes. All of this begs the question: why oil?

Why Oil?

Despite all the risks involved in oil drilling in the Amazon, they are negated with one word: money. The monies at stake for both oil companies and governments are so vast that human rights and environmental destruction are merely regrettable necessities en route to enormous profits. Ironically, the indigenous peoples residing on these oil rich lands rarely reap the benefits. If those lands are destroyed, the governments and oil interests who profit are far removed from the disaster and suffer little impact. The Rainforest Foundation has worked beside many indigenous groups to help them gain official title and rights to their ancestral lands. But sadly we find that where rights thwart the “progress” of oil production, rights are simply ignored altogether, or conveniently reinterpreted. Such is the case with the Shuar of Ecuador. After fighting for years to gain title to 700 square miles of their ancestral lands, the Shuar were stunned to discover that just a year later the Ecuadorian government had sold a 100 square-mile concession on their land for oil development. The governments’ justification was that the Shuar’s title to the land extended only to surface rights and not the subsurface.

Right now indigenous peoples are battling oil interests throughout the Amazon.

In Peru, where nearly three quarters of the Amazon rainforest is covered in oil concessions, the Achuar communities have temporarily taken over oil platforms and succeeded in gaining promises to clean up spills and compensate communities. Quechua communities in the Pastaza of Peru, have begun mapping spills and training community leaders in environmental monitoring to prove the existence of spills and demand change. In Ecuador, indigenous organizations are mobilizing against the expansion of oil exploration on their lands in the Southern Amazon. CONAIE, the national federation of indigenous organizations, is organizing a campaign to halt the expansion of oil concessions. In Belize, the Maya recently won two landmark Supreme Court victories that upheld their rights to their land and resources, and specifically forbid the government to issue new concessions on Mayan lands. Yet the government is now appealing the Court’s decision and trying to issue a large oil concession on these lands to the US-based oil Company US Energy.

Click here for a slideshow about the consequences of oil drilling.
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