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From my email... sorry, but I do not know the source(s) of these maps.
This map shows the world divided into 7 sections (each with a distinct color) with each section containing 1 billion people.
This map shows (in white) where 98 percent of Australia's population lives.
It may not come as a surprise but more people live inside the circle than outside of it.
This map shows countries (in white) that England has never invaded. There are only 22 of them.
The line in this map shows all of the world's Internet connections in 1969.
These are all the rivers that feed into the Mississippi River.
This map shows how much space the United States would occupy on the moon.
Posted by Scuba | Mon Mar 10, 2014, 03:53 PM (22 replies)
Federal safety regulators received more than 260 complaints over the last 11 years about General Motors vehicles that suddenly turned off while being driven, but they declined to investigate the problem, which G.M. now says is linked to 13 deaths and requires the recall of more than 1.6 million cars worldwide.
A New York Times analysis of consumer complaints submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that since February 2003 it received an average of two complaints a month about potentially dangerous shutdowns, but it repeatedly responded that there was not enough evidence of a problem to warrant a safety investigation. The complaints — the most recent of which was filed on Thursday — involved six G.M. models that the automaker is now recalling because of defective ignition switches that can shut off engines and power systems and disable air bags. G.M. said the first recall notices were mailed on Friday to the owners of the vehicles.
Many of the complaints detailed frightening scenes in which moving cars suddenly stalled at high speeds, on highways, in the middle of city traffic, and while crossing railroad tracks. A number of the complaints warned of catastrophic consequences if something was not done. “When the vehicle shuts down, it gives no warning, it just does it,” wrote one driver of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. “I drive my car to and from work praying that it won’t shut down on me while on the freeway.”
Another driver wrote of the same model: “Engine stops while driving — cannot steer nor brake so controlling the car to a safe stop is very dangerous.”
Well, we'd hate to over-regulate business and cause harm to the Lord God Profit.
Posted by Scuba | Mon Mar 10, 2014, 10:19 AM (1 replies)
In an October 2010 email from Scott Walker's campaign manager, Keith Gilkes, to Kelly Rindfleish, Gilkes praised then Milwaukee Health and Human Services Director Geri Lyday, saying, "I feel like she is getting more done in a couple of months than what Corey Hoze and Lisa Marks couldn’t get done at all."
Corey Hoze and Lisa Marks were the previous directors of Milwaukee HHS and were central figugres in the sexual assault scandal at Milwaukee County Mental Health (MCMH) Complex. The two faced criticism for many of the decisions that led up to the sexual assaults, with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel pointing-out that neither Hoze or Marks had mental health or hospital adminstration backgrounds before Walker appointed them to lead the HHS.
Despite calling Hoze and Marks incompetant, however, Gilkes as Governor Walker's Chief of Staff, appointed Hoze to the board that oversees the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Marks as Administrator to the DOA's Division of Housing. In the announcement of the appointement of Hoze, Walker described Hoze as "exceptionally qualified."
Since its inception, the newly created WEDC, for which Hoze continues to serve as chair of the Contracts Committee, has been widely criticized for gross mismanagement. WISN reported that a "blistering" audit of WEDC by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau said, "Gov. Scott Walker's premier job creation agency repeatedly broke state law in its first year of operation, failed to adequately track money it awarded for economic development projects and sometimes gave money to ineligible recipients."
Posted by Scuba | Mon Mar 10, 2014, 10:04 AM (2 replies)
The "John Doe 1" investigation in Wisconsin looked into illegal campaigning on government time by Scott Walker's staff while he was Milwaukee County Executive. As a result of the investigation, six of Walker's closest staff members were convicted of crimes.
The "John Doe 2" investigation is looking into illegal campaign coordination between Walker and third party political groups in the runup to the 2012 recall election. At CPAC RNC Chairman Rience Preibus casually admitted that such coordination occurred.
YES, WE HAVE NO BAD ACTORS: Conservative speakers let slip coordination between Walker campaign & third-party issue groups
"How did we do it in Wisconsin?” (Priebus) asked Saturday morning. “The simplest way I can tell you is we had total and complete unity between the state party, quite frankly, Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party groups, the Grandsons of Liberty. The (Glenn Beck-instigated) 9/12ers were involved. It was a total and complete agreement that nobody cared who got the credit, that everyone was going to run down the tracks together.”
2. More important, Americans For Prosperity is among groups believed to be the subject of the current John Doe investigation into whether such clearly political organizations illegally coordinated with the Walker campaign. Based on the Salon report, it sure sounds like Walker and the rest of that "intrepid group" of activists were pretty friendly -- same-room, same-meeting friendly! According to Priebus, all conservative interests were in "total and complete agreement." He would know, since he took a hands-on role in Wisconsin election campaigning. Moreover, according to Priebus all the groups ran "down the tracks together." That's for sure; they railroaded opponents at high speed, using tremendous amounts of expensive advertising.
Remember, "independent" third-party "educational" groups are not supposed to go near the campaigns of candidates for public office or strategize with them, especially candidates they indirectly support through their "non-campaign" advertising. Yeah, if I were a John Doe investigator, I'd be grabbing a complete set of the CPAC forum transcripts.
They also spilled the beans that the plan to bust the unions was hatched four years before Walker "dropped the bomb". See link for more.
Posted by Scuba | Mon Mar 10, 2014, 10:01 AM (14 replies)
7PM Central Time, Thursday March 13, 2014
312 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethel Lutheran Church, Madison, Wisconsin
This coming together of faith leaders, labor leaders, and progressives from both north and south is going to be intense.
Visiting speaker Reverend Barber is a leading force in the Moral Monday movement (also known as the “Forward Together Movement”).
The Moral Monday movement is a coming together of over 150 North Carolina groups who have united in opposition to a conservative takeover of both houses of the state’s legislature as well as the Guv’s seat. The North Carolina right wing coup was purchased by squillionaire Art Pope. After the win his Republican allies quickly began laying down an austerity and rights-suppressing agenda that reads like the ALEC playbook (Or Scott Walker’s).
The Forward Together Movement responded with weekly Monday rallies and civil disobedience to create a formidable, positive force that holds up the values of the faith community, of labor, of LGBTQ people, women, racial minorities – - a big tent which polled twice as popular as the North Carolina Republican legislature last summer.
In 2013 over the course of 13 consecutive Moral Mondays, 945 people were arrested and over 100,000 people rallied at North Carolina’s General Assembly.
Posted by Scuba | Mon Mar 10, 2014, 07:55 AM (1 replies)
The simple fact, the undeniable truth (which means Republicans and their voters will never hear and/or acknowledge it), is that red states take more Federal money than they put in the pot. That means their citizens, the ones who continually put government-hating jackasses into office that then further erode the social safety net, are the ones utilizing the social safety net the most. Red state voters should just install mechanical boots underneath each voting booth that once a vote is cast, the boot sweeps down from underneath and kicks the voters square in their respective crotch zones, because that is truly a metaphor for how they vote. But focus in on that fact as you read on, that it’s the red states that absolutely, positively depend on the tax revenue from blue states making up the shortages their Republican governors create by gutting their tax laws and slashing their tax rates. Let’s look more closely at each of Perry’s examples of brilliant Republican leadership and the states they govern, shall we?
South Carolina & Gov. Nikki Haley
Call me crazy, but I don’t look at the state that has a poverty rate of over 17%, and whose governor is getting less than a 50% approval rating as an example of awesome leadership. In fact, neither does the Republican Governor’s Association, who just made news in South Carolina with a huge ad buy in Haley’s November re-election bid. They’re scared of being the next Kentucky — a mostly red state that abhors Obama but has a Democrat in the governor’s mansion. Turning Dixie blue seems like a far-off pipe dream at times, but with people like Haley in office, blundering her way through a terrible state economy and that 2012 massive cyber-attack on her state’s computer systems that could have easily been avoided, it’s not that far out of the realm of possibility that a Democrat could swoop in and knock her out of office, but great example Ricky boy! Let’s see what you have next, shall we?
Wisconsin & Gov. Scott Walker
Oh Nelly this one is quite a doozy, isn’t it? Republicans are of course in love with Walker because of his anti-union policies and the fact that he was dug out of an early political grave by the Koch brothers when he was nearly recalled early in his first term. I think Perry might have meant to hold up Walker as an example of how to get lawyers in your state some more money, since Walker’s staff has been under criminal investigation seemingly the whole time he’s been in office, and there is a growing story that doesn’t seem to go away about campaign finance violations in his 2010 election.
Just as in South Carolina, when you parse the actual economic data for his state, Walker doesn’t come up smelling like roses. His state’s unemployment rate is right around 6.3%, about a full percentage point less than the national rate, but it still puts his state squarely in the middle of the pack. Hardly an over-achievement by any stretch. Wisconsin also has a middle of the road poverty rate, in case unemployment numbers don’t paint the picture clearly enough.
Posted by Scuba | Sun Mar 9, 2014, 11:04 AM (2 replies)
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Rapture) is good with numbers. Don’t ask him where his numbers came from, or how he actually intends to make his numbers balance — because he can’t actually do that. But boy golly can he crunch some numbers, at least according to his acolytes on the right side of the aisle. This week Rep. Ryan decided to add to his fiscal legacy by releasing a report on our country’s anti-poverty programs, or as they’re known to Ryan and his Republican cohorts, “the vile socialist defiling of the Constitution,” and what will certainly be a shocker to anyone either in a medically-induced coma or who has lived underground for the last half-decade or so, Ryan doesn’t like what he saw.
The word that Paulie used that’s getting the headlines is “haphazard.” As in, since 1965 America’s “war on poverty” has been done in a haphazard way. Believe it or not, Ryan wasn’t actually trying to make us all titter with glee; he actually meant what he said, and the angels cried forth with beautiful song for they knew a political humorist would thoroughly enjoy pointing out all the delicious irony of any modern day Republican demagogueing social welfare programs.
Let’s start with that word “haphazard,” which literally means that something is done without much care or forethought, and if you ask me, it’s the Republicans who have been taking the most haphazard approach to fighting poverty for at least the last thirty years, and probably going back even further than that. Take for instance their stubborn refusal to see the light of day on contraception and abortion services. We know for a fact that being able to control and curb unwanted pregnancies is one of the biggest things we can do to reduce the effects of poverty. Over population is real, and it most certainly exacerbates the terrible nature of poverty — that there simply isn’t enough to go around.
If you really give a damn about poverty, you’ll want to empower everyone with the tools necessary to truly plan their family. Reproductive health issues aren’t just about keeping the teenagers from having sex with one another — a wasted effort if ever there was one. Reproductive health and rights issues give young women the power to control the circumstances of pregnancy far better than “put it in and if you get pregnant oh well, I guess you’re having that baby, SINNER!” Ryan has been one of the congressmen most willing to cloak himself in religious fervor, co-sponsoring personhood bills that could make a rape victim the criminal for aborting a baby implanted in her uterus by her assailant.
Posted by Scuba | Sun Mar 9, 2014, 10:57 AM (0 replies)
Harrigan testified before the House Oversight Committee and stated that “every single parent” opposes marijuana legalization.
I don’t oppose marijuana legalization, Mr. Harrigan. I advocate the living hell out of it. I cannot speak for single, solitary other parent I know but I do believe that if I polled them the majority would support legalization provided common sense safety measures are taken to regulate its sale and trafficking. Keep pot out of the hands of minors — or at least make the same effort you do with cigarettes and booze — and you will have drastically reduced the impact of one of the worst domestic policies this country has ever implemented, and as the great people of Colorado are proving, you’ll also magically create billions of dollars of revenue throughout the states, seemingly out of thin, if not smoky air.
Pot research has shown us that it’s literally impossible to “overdose” on marijuana because it doesn’t interact with the parts of your brain that cause overdose, and more importantly the toxicity threshold for pot is so high you’d have to eat an entire field worth of it in one sitting — if not more — in order to poison your body to the point of death. As Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) chastised you, you clearly “haven’t kept up with society, you haven’t kept up with science, it’s part of the problem.” You shouldn’t feel too badly about it; I think a lot of conservative people wind-up that way because they progress to a certain point and then just stop. You clearly stopped paying attention to what the real deal with weed is a long, long time ago.
Mr. Harrigan, your performance on the Hill this week was an embarrassment to modern Americans everywhere. It’s clear from your testimony that you have every intention of bitterly clinging to old and antiquated research and ideology, and you have therefore surpassed your usefulness in your current capacity. I daresay you’re not the only one in your organization, but you’re the one you popped your head out this time; we’ll get to the others as well. Maybe you could do us a favor and just round them up on your way. If you can’t be bothered to do that, just do the first and go.
You are the problem, Mr. Harrigan. Not pot. Not society. Not overly permissive parenting. You. Your blind allegiance to reality-deprived rhetoric is also simultaneously blinding you to the simple fact that you are an ever-shrinking minority of people who doesn’t see the abject damage done by the War on Drugs and wants to stop it. You are the one who is stopping society from progressing. You are the one helping to keep the black market thriving and the cartels swelled with power.
Posted by Scuba | Sun Mar 9, 2014, 10:55 AM (4 replies)
Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue. So when you see something like the current scramble by Republicans to declare their deep concern for America's poor, it's a good sign, indicating a positive change in social norms. Goodbye, sneering at the 47 percent; hello, fake compassion.
And the big new poverty report from the House Budget Committee, led by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), offers additional reasons for optimism. Ryan used to rely on "scholarship" from places like the Heritage Foundation. Remember when Heritage declared that the Ryan budget would reduce unemployment to a ludicrous 2.8 percent, then tried to cover its tracks? This time, however, Ryan is citing a lot of actual social science research.
Unfortunately, the research he cites doesn't actually support his assertions. Even more important, his whole premise about why poverty persists is demonstrably wrong.
Overall, here's the verdict of one comprehensive survey: "While there are significant behavioral side effects of many programs, their aggregate impact is very small." In short, Ryan's poverty report, like his famous budget plan, is a con job.
Posted by Scuba | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 10:02 AM (23 replies)
The author of the bill didn’t even know what the federal minimum wage was, much less the living wage in Milwaukee and Dane counties.
As living wage campaigns are succeeding in cities and counties across the country, corporate profiteers are fighting back. They are pushing legislation at the state level that would ban local governments from enacting ordinances that pay higher than the minimum wage. They don’t want local taxpayers to be allowed to ensure that workers are provided with a wage that enables them to meet their most basic needs.
In Washington State, where the minimum wage of $9.32 an hour is the highest in the country, Seattle officials are working out a plan to enact a living wage ordinance of $15/hour. Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, where the corporate stranglehold of the state legislature intensifies as the session draws to a close, extreme rightwing legislators attempted to push through a law based on a model bill written by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that would put an end to any local unit of government’s attempt to secure decent wages and conditions for workers in their jurisdictions.
But reality doesn’t seem to concern the ideologues pushing the measure, SB 626, through the Wisconsin state senate. In fact, the bill’s author, Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) who represents one of the wealthiest districts in the state, doesn’t even know what the federal minimum wage is, let alone the local living wages his bill is targeting, as he confessed during a recent public hearing.
Calling them “inflated wage ordinances,” in a recent hearing on the bill Kapenga said the efforts of local governments to raise workers out of poverty should not be funded by state taxpayers. He actually invoked the Boston Tea Party in response to a question from Sen. Nikiya Harris (D-Milwaukee), who asked: “How is this a local control bill and not a control of locals bill?”
Posted by Scuba | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 09:39 AM (3 replies)