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This is no fart joke: Donald Trump's Buttrick Ave Golf Course Spewing Out Gas

This is no fart joke: An area of the Bronx is grappling with dangerously high methane gas levels, and Donald Trump may be to blame.

The construction of his company’s new $97 million golf course, located at Ferry Point in the Bronx, may be responsible for the release of potentially explosive levels of methane since its being built above a dump closed some 50 years ago, the New York Daily News reports. The dump's decomposing garbage is the reason behind the alarmingly high gas levels nearby, experts say.


Is Mitt Romney the President?

larger: http://www.ismittromneythepresident.com/

BUSHCO - DELETED Intel Report Passage Saying Saddam Would Only Attack in Self-Defense

Contrary to the mindless repetition at the time from pundits such as Sean Hannity that Congress was "looking at the same intelligence," it was not.

In the summary section called "Key Judgements" of the classified report which Bush was given, US intelligence said that Saddam Hussein would likely only support terrorist attacks on the US in self-defense, if he felt threatened. The classified National Intelligence Estimate 2002 (NEI 2002) read on page 8:

"Baghdad for now appears to be drawing a line short of conducting terrorist attacks with conventional or CBW against the United States, fearing that exposure of Iraqi involvement would provide Washington a stronger cause for making war.

Iraq probably would attempt clandestine attacks against the US Homeland if Baghdad feared an attack that threatened the survival of the regime were imminent or unavoidable, or possibly for revenge."

In other words, the classified, full version of the report that Bush had was saying that Saddam knew that if any part or role in a terrorist attack was ever traced back to him, it would be national suicide.

Version of intelligence Bush was looking at, section in bold at bottom was deleted


"Well excuse me that I work for a living & don't rely on food stamps like you"

This story perfectly illustrates the kind of hatred, selfishness and pathological dipshittery that Romney/Ryan have tapped into:


Cindy Nerger spends 12 hours on dialysis every day. She's been on the waiting list for a kidney transplant for five years. She's the caregiver for the grandmother who raised her. Since Nerger can't work, the family relies on her husband's income, but he works only part-time so he can help her.


"He told me I owed him 10 dollars and some change. I am not exactly sure what it was, but I told him, I said I am sorry sir, but there is nothing in my cart that is not covered by food stamps," said Nerger.

She and the Kroger employees went back and forth about this for half an hour when a manager acknowledged was right about the purchase all along.

"I was upset, so, I was like, you know, I told you that it was covered under food stamps, you know, so, there was no need for all of this, you know, and he said, "Well excuse me that I work for a living and don't rely on food stamps like you," Nerger said.

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I have nothing against rich people - BUT - "A Parthenon For Chickens Is Just Clucking Offensive.

The fowl extravagance of Crispin Odey's chicken house
The hedge fund manager's plans to house his hens in a galline Parthenon are not just tasteless – they're clucking offensive

In theory, what a private individual chooses to do with his or her money is nobody else's business. We live in a country where you may dispose of it however you see fit, so long as you break no laws. You are free to indulge silly fantasies, to treat yourself, to spend on things others might perceive as having no value.

In practice, this isn't always the case, and with good reason. We are a society, not simply a collection of individuals, and our behaviour has ramifications. We participate in an economy, where our decisions about money affect others. Just ask hedge fund manager Crispin Odey, who paid himself £28m in 2008, after successfully betting that shares in British banks would fall through the floor. He's decided to spend a much more modest sum on a home for his chickens: media reports estimate the stone alone will cost more than £100,000.

The stone, you say? Yes, the Odey chickens will be housed in style – no coop for them. Nothing as déclassé as chicken wire hems them in. And yet, if visions of Sir Peter Viggers' notorious duck house have been conjured, dismiss them and think bigger, much bigger. Odey's gaff is a galline Parthenon.

We know this because detailed plans for the chicken house, which surfaced yesterday, are available on the local council's website. Odey may have the money to realise his wildest dreams (I hope for his sake that these extend beyond luxurious accommodation for domestic fowl), but he has to submit to the law of the land, which requires public scrutiny of building projects. Before I return to the moral case for exposing Odey to opprobrium, it's worth analysing these on aesthetic grounds. Whatever the conscious reasons for his choices, they reveal much about what contemporary City money admires.



(oh boy...) Ann Romney Explains Mitt’s Airplane Remark to Leno

Ann Romney Explains Mitt’s Airplane Remark to Leno

She explained her husband’s subsequent comment afterward at a fundraiser when he joked that he didn’t know why the windows on the plane don’t open.

“It’s his way of making light of how worried he is about me,” she said. “It’s his way of dealing with the panic of knowing how dangerous this was.”


Michele Bachmann's Seat in Peril As House Race Tightens

Source: ABC

Less than a year ago, Rep. Michele Bachmann was traveling the country, making her case to be the Republican Party's presidential nominee. Today, six weeks out from that long-awaited election, she's caught in an unexpectedly tight race to keep her seat in Congress.

Bachmann's challenger, Minnesota hotel magnate Jim Graves, 58, entered the fray in early April, quickly rallying state Democrats to his side and, perhaps more importantly, convincing Independence Party leaders and candidates to stay out of the mix, putting as much as 10 percent of the electorate up for grabs.

In two of Bachmann's three races, the vote tally for the Independence candidate has exceeded her margin of victory.

"This district has the most independents in the state," Graves told ABC News. "So we went to the Independence Party and asked, 'Can you guys help us out a little bit?' Well they said, 'We like you, Graves, we'll support you.'"

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/michele-bachmanns-seat-peril-house-race-tightens/story?id=17320034#.UGNHxrJlQts

Unusual Indian Ocean earthquakes hint at tectonic breakup

Source: Nature

Unusual Indian Ocean earthquakes hint at tectonic breakup
April 2012 quakes occurred away from plate edges, suggesting formation of a new boundary.

Helen Shen
26 September 2012

At least four faults within the Indo-Australian plate ruptured simultaneously in April 2012, resulting in two magnitude-8 earthquakes within two hours. (Red stars indicate the epicentres.)

A pair of massive earthquakes that rocked the Indian Ocean on 11 April 2012 may signal the latest step in the formation of a new plate boundary within Earth’s surface.

Geological stresses rending the Indo-Australian plate apart are likely to have caused the magnitude-8.6 and magnitude-8.2 quakes, which broke along numerous faults and unleashed aftershocks for 6 days afterwards, according to three papers published online today in Nature1–3.

Seismologists have suspected since the 1980s that the Indo-Australian plate may be breaking up. But the 11 April earthquakes represent “the most spectacular example” of that process in action, says Matthias Delescluse, a geophysicist at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and lead author of the first paper1. Worldwide, “it’s the clearest example of newly formed plate boundaries,” he says.

According to prevailing theories of plate tectonics, the Indo-Australian plate began to deform internally about 10 million years ago. As the plate moved northwards, the region near India crunched against the Eurasian plate, thrusting the Himalayas up and slowing India down. Most scientists think that the Australian portion forged ahead, creating twisting tensions that are splitting the plate apart in the Indian Ocean.

Read more: http://www.nature.com/news/unusual-indian-ocean-earthquakes-hint-at-tectonic-breakup-1.11487

Longtime Ohio GOP strategist: Obama's advantage on the auto bailout "a kick in the balls" for Mitt

Labor organizations are leaving thousands of bailout-themed doorknob hangers and making phone calls to union members highlighting Obama's support for the auto industry.

According to The Washington Post poll, 64% of Ohio registered voters view the federal loans to GM and Chrysler as "mostly good" for the state's economy. Only 29% said the bailout was "mostly bad."

Putting a finer point on the matter, one longtime Ohio GOP strategist called Obama's advantage on the auto bailout "a kick in the balls" for the Romney campaign.


Romney's Staples closing 60 stores around the world

Again, he is an awful candidate for president but it wasn't a fluke that he built a fortune of up to $378 million. If chopping jobs could make him a few more dollars, Romney would and has consistently taken the money. As the CEO of Bain Capital, his exclusive focus was money. Period. For a person like Romney that lacks empathy, it was the perfect job.

Anyone who thinks Romney can suddenly change and show compassion or care about jobs is kidding themselves. Running a country where you have to care about everyone and not just the select few is radically different from running a venture capital firm. Ten times out of ten, Romney would chop jobs the way Staples is doing now.

The chain expects the U.S. store closings will result in a charge of about $35 million in the fourth quarter. For fiscal 2012, it anticipates about 30 U.S. store closings. Staples also expects 30 stores will be scaled down and stores being relocated.

In Europe, the store closures are expected to occur before the end of fiscal 2012. The company has also tapped John Wilson to serve as president of Staples Europe. Wilson succeeds Rob Vale, who is retiring.

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